Water activity

Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider: Salters Steamers Ltd

Oxford: River Thames Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider: Salters Steamers Ltd

From US$ 10.60 per person

Experience a lovely boat trip down the River Thames, departing from Folly Bridge toward Iffley Lock. Take in the sights of Christ Church meadows, college boathouses, and other landmarks along the way.

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Duration 40 minutes
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Live tour guide


  • Immerse yourself in the old-town scenery of Oxford
  • Ride a boat while enjoying a live commentary from your skipper
  • Admire the beautiful River Thames and its surroundings
  • Pass by some of the iconic sites of the local landscape
  • Enjoy the beautiful wildlife and the lush countryside
Full description

Cruise along the glorious River Thames on a short but scenic boat ride departing from the quaint Folly Bridge and heading toward the charming Iffley Lock. Admire your beautiful surroundings, made up of lush trees and cozy brick cottages, immersing you in the lovely old-town vibe of Oxford. Board your boat to begin your journey, throughout which your skipper will point out all the major sites and answer any questions you may wish to ask. Marvel at the views of Christ Church meadows, college boathouses, and a mix of wildlife and countryside, whilst enjoying your time on board. You will either ride a stunning traditional-style vessel or a more modern cruiser. Either way, rest assured you'll have a spacious boat to sit back and relax on.

  • Sightseeing boat trip
  • Tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Boats depart from below the activity provider's head office on Folly Bridge, which is the road that links St Aldates to Abingdon Road). Approach the city from the south, taking Abingdon Road (A4144) into Oxford from the Redbridge roundabout. The landing stage is on the right-hand side as you pass over Folly Bridge (on the opposite side of the river from the well-known riverside pub Head of the River).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Most boats offer three levels: an open deck for basking in the sun, a deck covered by an awning, and a fully enclosed room
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 117 reviews

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We arrived a couple of minutes later than our slot and the boat was pulling away but the gentlemen on board swung back and let us on board! The tour was fantastic and full of interesting facts but not full on and loud like others I’ve been on before. It was a gorgeous day and we both enjoyed ourselves. We had the offer of cold drinks when on board and were also allowed to get off at the end to be picked up later on! Truely a lovely experience!

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August 11, 2022

Very knowledgable and welcoming team. A pleasurable 50 minutes on the Thames Recommended

October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022

Product ID: 419290